Gard­ner: Ex­e­cute your ‘Plan A’ well

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: You can achieve suc­cess in life if you have the pas­sion and a clear-cut plan, says Chris Gard­ner, au­thor of The Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness ,a New York Times best seller.

He stresses the need to have a plan, “not just a plan, but Plan A” and to fully in­vest in ex­e­cut­ing it.

“When you do some­thing you truly love, there is no Plan B. When you are pas­sion­ate about what you do, there is no Plan B,” he said in an in­spir­ing ses­sion, ti­tled “Per­sonal Trans­for­ma­tion: From the Abyss to Hap­py­ness” at the Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum 2017 (GTF 2017) here yes­ter­day.

Gard­ner said the plan should be in­line with the C-5 com­plex — clear, con­cise, com­pelling, com­mit­ted and con­sis­tent — to achieve any sort of suc­cess.

He cited ex­am­ples of pop­u­lar fig­ures who made it big in life be­cause they re­mained com­mit­ted to Plan A, such as bas­ket­ball player Michael Jor­dan, for­mer United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Malaysia’s leg­endary bad­minton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

“Plan B sucks,” he said, call­ing on the au­di­ence to re­peat af­ter him. “If it were any good, it would be Plan A. Plan B dis­tracts from Plan A.”

Gard­ner re­called a quote by Dr Martin Luther King Jr where the lat­ter had said: “What­ever you do, be­come ‘world class’ at it. If you’re go­ing to be a garbage man, seek to be­come a ‘world class’ garbage man.”

The en­tre­pre­neur and phi­lan­thropist said “world class” means “when a con­ver­sa­tion is be­ing held about who is the best in the busi­ness, some­one says your name.

“If no one says your name, you have work to do. If no one says your name and you don’t care, get out of busi­ness, you will never be good at it. If some­one who hates you says your name, you’re world class.”

Gard­ner said one should not feel that their fu­ture had been de­ter­mined merely be­cause of their ori­gin or ex­ist­ing cir­cum­stances.

“You get your mother’s eyes, and you get your fa­ther’s nose, and you can’t do any­thing about it. But you can choose the per­son you want to be­come. Spir­i­tual ge­net­ics is what makes you, you, which has got noth­ing to do with bi­o­log­i­cal or hered­ity fac­tors.”

Gard­ner said the award-win­ning film The Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness, a 2006 bi­o­graph­i­cal drama film based on his life, star­ring Will Smith, was about a crit­i­cal year of his life.

“I was 28 years. Mean­ing there was 27 years be­fore that. If I didn’t de­velop ‘the right stuff ’ in the first 27 years I wouldn’t have made it. I call it ‘spir­i­tual ge­net­ics’.”

Gard­ner shared an­other im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent to hap­pi­ness, which was the “per­mis­sion to dream”, what he de­scribed as “a great­est gift”.

“My mother (Betty Jean

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.